Recommended Picks for March 31, 2010

Hot Pick!
X-Men: Second Coming #1
Marvel Comics
(W) Christopher Yost & Craig Kyle
(A/ Variant Cover) David Finch
Cover by Adi Granov

Many Will Be Wounded. Several Will Die. The climax of four years of X-Men stories is the X-Event of 2010! What started in House Of M with the Decimation of mutantkind and erupted with the first new mutant birth in Messiah Complex finishes here. In the epic crossover Second Coming, Cyclops’ faith pays off when Cable returns to the present with Hope, the girl he believes to be the mutant messiah. But will she be the savior or destroyer of mutantkind? We may never know, as she is the target of an initiative for mutant eradication unlike anything they X-Men have ever experienced. Many will be wounded. Several will die. Is Hope worth it?

FC $3.99

Recommended Pick!
IT WAS WAR O/T TRENCHES HC
FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS
(W / A) Jacques Tardi

World War I, that awful, gaping wound in the history of Europe, has long been an obsession of Jacques Tardi’s. It Was the War of the Trenches is Tardi’s defining, masterful statement on the subject, a graphic novel that can stand shoulder to shoulder with Erich Maria Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front and Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms. Tardi is not interested in the national politics, the strategies, or the battles. Like Remarque, he focuses on the day to day of the grunts in the trenches, and, with icy, controlled fury and disgust, with sardonic yet deeply sympathetic narration, he brings that existence alive as no one has before or since. Yet he also delves deeply into the underlying causes of the war, the madness, the cynical political exploitation of patriotism. And in a final, heartbreaking coda, Tardi grimly itemizes the ghastly human cost of the war, and lays out the future 20th century conflicts, all of which seem to spring from this global burst of insanity. Trenches features some of Tardi’s most stunning artwork. Rendered in an inhabitually lush illustrative style, inspired both by abundant photographic documentation and classic American war comics, augmented by a sophisticated, gorgeous use of Craftint tones, Trenches is somehow simultaneously atypical and a perfect encapsulation of Tardi’s mature style. It is the indisputable centerpiece of Tardi’s oeuvre.

128 PGS BW $24.99

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